Interstate 787 New York

Interstate 787 New York
History
North End
South End

Overview

Interstate 787 runs north along the Hudson River from I-87 (New York Thruway) and U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) through Albany, Menands and Watervliet. Turning east alongside NY 7 at Green Island, I-787 spans the Hudson River on the Collar City Bridge into Troy. NY 787 spurs northward from the cloverleaf interchange with I-787 and NY 7 to the city of Cohoes.

The I-787 Exit 1 Connector extends west from the wye interchange (Exit 1) linking I-787 with the New York Thruway at Exit 23. Inventoried by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) as NY 912S, the freeway spur connects I-787 with U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) at Hoffman Avenue in south Albany.

History

Interstate 787 was planned as The Riverfront Route along the Hudson River in Albany during the early 1950s.1 I-787 was part of the proposed urban Interstate numerology for New York approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on November 10, 1958. The number was the result of being the 4th spur branch in order from south to north in the state as the numbering plan developed:

  • I-187 – proposed Crosswestchester Expressway east from I-87 (New York Thruway) to I-95 at Port Chester, revised to I-487, and ultimately became a part of I-287.
  • I-387 – proposed New York Thruway west from I-87 at Elmsford across the Tappan Zee Bridge to Suffern, became part of I-287 and ultimately part of a westward realignment of I-87 off what became I-684.
  • I-587 – spur into Kingston.

Route Information

  • North End – Troy, NY

  • South End – Albany, NY

  • Mileage – 10.16

  • Cities – Albany, Troy, Watervilet

  • JunctionsI-87 NY Thruway I-90

Source: December 31, 2021 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-787 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Source: 2019 AADT NYSDOT Traffic Data Viewer

Highway Guides

North End New York 7 / Hoosick Street – Troy, New York

I-787 New York Route 7 East at Collar City Bridge / Hoosick Street

I-787/NY 7 east at Collar City Br - Green Island

NY 7 extends 3.6 miles east from Interstate 87 (Exit 7) along a freeway to become part of I-787 across the Collar City Bridge at Green Island. 08/04/07

I-787/NY 7 east at Hoosick St - Troy

Although not marked, Interstate 787 accompanies NY 7 east across the Collar City Bridge to Hoosick Street in Troy. 08/04/07

I-787/NY 7 east at Hoosick St - Troy

Traffic partitions at the north end of I-787 and the Collar City Bridge for NY 7 east on Hoosick Street toward Bennington, Vermont and an exit ramp to 6th Avenue south and Hutton Street west to U.S. 4 (River Street) and Downtown Troy. 08/04/07

New York Route 7 West at I-787

NY 7 west at I-787 - Troy

NY 7 lowers 130 feet in elevation along Hoosick Street westbound through Troy to Interstate 787 and the Collar City Bridge. 08/04/07

NY 7 west at I-787 - Troy

Opened to traffic in 1981, the Collar City Bridge crossing the Hudson River is a part of Interstate 787. Ramps link the east end of the span with U.S. 4 (River Street). 08/22/21

NY 7 west at I-787 - Troy

The first confirming marker for Interstate 787 appears along the Collar City Bridge westbound ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange with NY 787 in Green Island. 08/22/21

South End I-87 NY Thruway US 9W – Albany, New York

I-787 South at I-87 NY Thruway

I-787 south at NY 32 - Albany

I-787 turns west away from the Hudson River beyond Exit 2 for NY 32 (S Pearl Street) toward I-87 (New York Thruway). 08/22/21

I-787 south at I-87/NY Thrwy - Albany

I-787 shifts southward via a wye interchange (Exit 1) to the New York Thruway at Exit 23. The I-787 Exit 1 Connector continues the freeway west to U.S. 9W (McCarty Avenue) in south Albany. 08/22/21

I-787 south at I-87/NY Thrwy - Albany

Two lanes separate for the continuation of I-787 at Exit 1 to the New York Thruway. 08/22/21

I-787 south at I-87/NY Thrwy - 2001

Traffic partitions at the south end of I-787 for I-87 south along the New York Thruway to Kingston and New York and I-87 north to western reaches of Albany. There I-87 shifts to the Adirondack Northway toward Plattsburgh and Montréal, Quebec and I-90 takes over along the Thruway west to Utica and Syracuse. Photo by Douglas Kerr (06/01).

I-787 Exit 1 Connector – South at US 9W Hoffman Ave

I-787 south at US 9W - Albany, NY

Linking I-787 with U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) at Hoffman Avenue, the I-787 Exit 1 Connector is inventoried as NY 912S. 08/22/21

I-787 south at US 9W - Albany, NY

U.S. 9W travels south from Albany to the town of Bethlehem and north through residential areas of south Albany to Lincoln Park and the Center Square / Hudson-Park Historic District. 08/22/21

US 9W North at I-787 Exit 1 Connector

US 9W north at I-787 - Albany, NY

U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) curves west from a half diamond interchange with the south end of I-787 leading to the New York Thruway. The succeeding traffic light is with the I-787 Exit 1 Connector (NY 912S) at Hoffman Avenue. 08/04/07

US 9W South at I-787 Exit 1 Connector

US 9W south at I-787 - Albany, NY

U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) runs east from McAlpin Street through a residential area of south Albany to the beginning of I-787 north at Hoffman Avenue. 08/04/07

US 9W south at I-787 - Albany, NY

The I-787 Exit 1 Connector (NY 912S) initially heads east to NY 32 (S Pearl Street) before turning north along the Hudson River toward Green Island and Troy. U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) south meets I-787 south to the New York Thruway in a third of a mile. 08/04/07

Hoffman Ave – South at I-787 Exit 1 Connector US 9W

Hoffman Av south at I-787/US 9W - Albany, NY

Hoffman Avenue runs along the Plumeri Sports Complex south to the signalized intersection joining U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) with the I-787 Exit 1 Connector (NY 912S). 08/22/21

Hoffman Av south at I-787/US 9W - Albany, NY

I-787 stems east from U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) and Hoffman Avenue) toward the Hudson River and north toward the Albany city center. 08/22/21

I-787 north after US 9W - Albany, NY

An Interstate 787 north confirming marker stands just beyond the intersection of U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) and Hoffman Avenue along NY 912S. 08/22/21

I-87 NY Thruway North at I-787

I-87/NY Thrwy north at I-787 - Bethlehem

I-87/New York Thruway heads north from the town of Bethlehem into the city of Albany at Exit 23 for Interstate 787 to U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard). 10/05/14

I-87/NY Thrwy north at I-787 - Bethlehem

Northbound I-87 (New York Thruway) enters the trumpet interchange (Exit 23) with Interstate 787 north. U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) ties into I-787 at adjacent ramps. 10/05/14

I-87 NY Thruway South at I-787

I-87/NY Thrwy south at I-787 - Albany

I-87/New York Thruway travels through southern Albany from the Capital Hills at Albany golf course to the trumpet interchange (Exit 23) with Interstate 787 north. 10/10/14

I-87/NY Thrwy south at I-787 - Albany

NY 443 (Delaware Avenue) spans I-87 southbound ahead of Exit 23 for I-787. The New York Thruway was expanded to six lanes here in 2011/12. 10/10/14

I-87/NY Thrwy south at I-787 - Albany

U.S. 9W (Southern Boulevard) meets I-787 at Exit 1 nearby between south Albany and the town of Bethlehem. 10/10/14

I-87/NY Thrwy south at I-787 - Albany

Interstate 787 north links I-87/New York Thruway with U.S. 9/20 across the Hudson River to the city of Rensselaer. 10/10/14

I-87/NY Thrwy south at I-787 - 2002

I-87 south at Interstate 787 when the New York Thruway was just four lanes wide. Photo by Chris Jordan (12/27/02).

Sources:

  1. Capital Highways – Interstate 787 (Chris Jordan). http://www.capitalhighways.8m.com/highways/787i/

Page updated June 11, 2022.